9-25-16 Where is Your Doorstep?

September 30, 2016
Lazarus waiting at the door, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55712 [retrieved September 30, 2016]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TaullLlatzer.jpg.

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Summary

“Where is Your Doorstep?”
by Rev. Chase Peeples
Luke 16:19-31
September 25, 2016, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus’ story of “the Rich Man and Lazarus” is familiar to many Christians, so familiar that the rich man is seen as the bad guy or villain, but what if he wasn’t a bad guy at all?  What if the rich man was a very good man?  What if he was a good person who just had limited vision when it came to acknowledging the need right on his doorstep.  If we see the rich man to be someone, who like us is trying to do what is right, then his example can challenge us to ask where are our blind spots to seeing the needs right in front of us?

Related quotation:

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

– Dom Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil.

Referenced article:

“Why We are Protesting in Charlotte” by William Barber II in The New York Times

Bible References

  • Luke 16:19 - 31